How to bypass Bitlocker on Windows 10


Do you get the BitLocker recovery screen when booting into Windows 10 PC? This should appear during normal startup, but you may encounter it under some circumstances.

Users have reported getting a BitLocker recovery screen when trying to boot their PC. This usually occurs after a system crash, motherboard hardware changes, or when data is corrupted with the virus. You may not encounter it continuously.

But if you do, then it may be a problem. Users have also reported that they are unable to bypass this BitLocker on Windows 10.

If you are also facing this issue, and you are also unable to bypass BitLocker on Windows 10, then this article will help you with that. In this article, we will be discussing how you can bypass BitLocker on Windows 10.

Bypass BitLocker On Windows 10

Given below are steps to help you bypass BitLocker on Windows 10-

Suspend BitLocker Protection And Resume It

To bypass BitLocker Protection on the startup screen, you need to first suspend it and then resume it. To suspend BitLocker Protection and resume it, follow the steps given below-

  • Firstly enter the BitLocker recovery key in the recovery screen. If you don’t remember the key, then you will be able to find the BitLocker key from the Microsoft website.
  • Visit this link, and sign in with your account, and you will be able to find your recovery key.
  • Once you have logged into your account, head to the Control Panel. In the Start menu, search for Control Panel and open it.
  • In the Control Panel, search for Bitlocker Drive Encryption and open it.
  • Here click on suspend protection option that you will find next to the C drive. You will see a confirmation prompt. Confirm suspending/turning off the BitLocker Protection.
  • Wait for a few minutes, and then click on the Resume Protection option to again resume the BitLocker.
  • Next, click on Change password to reset the password of the BitLocker.
  • Once done restart your PC, and you will no longer face the issue.

Remove The Protectors From The Boot Drive

If you are unable to bypass the BitLocker recovery screen even after entering the recovery key multiple times, then you need to remove the protectors from the Boot Drive. To remove the protectors from the Boot Drive, follow the steps given below-

  • Press the Esc key on the BitLocker recovery screen.
  • Next select skip this drive at the right corner.
  • Now select troubleshoot on the next screen.
  • In the troubleshoot screen, select advanced options. Here select command prompt
  • In the command prompt, type the command manage-bde -unlock C: -rp recoverypassword and hit Enter. This will unlock the drive. 
  • Now type the command manage-bde -protectors -disable C: and hit Enter. This will remove the protectors from the boot drive. 
  • After doing so, exit the command prompt, and then boot into your system normally. You won’t be interrupted by the BitLocker recovery screen anymore. 

Update Your BIOS

You may encounter this issue because of BIOS issues. If you are unable to bypass BitLocker in Windows 10, then you may try updating your BIOS. You may refer to your PC’s guide to check how you can update your BIOS.

Updating the BIOS can be different for different computers depending on their OEM manufacturer. Refer to the guide that you get with your PC, or head to the official website of your OEM and you will find the BIOS guide there.

Enable Secure Boot

Another thing that you should do if you are unable to bypass BitLocker is enabling secure boot. Try enabling secure boot, and then check if you can bypass BitLocker in Windows 10. To enable Secure Boot, follow the steps given below-

  • On the BitLocker recovery screen, press the Esc key and then select Skip this drive to skip the recovery screen.
  • Next, select troubleshoot, and then select advanced options. 
  • In the advanced options screen, select UEFI firmware settings and then select Restart. 
  • You will be booted to UEFIhere select security. 
  • Now click the change configuration option under the secure boot.
  • Here select Microsoft only and then click on OK. 
  • Once done, exit the UEFI and restart your PC normally.

However, if this doesn’t work for you, then you should disable the secure boot. If you keep on getting the BitLocker recovery screen, and you are unable to bypass it, then you should move to the next step.

Enable Legacy Boot

The boot menu on Windows 10 is graphic which can also be the cause of issues. If you are unable to bypass BitLocker in Windows 10, then you should try enabling legacy boot. Follow the steps given below to use legacy boot-

  • In the start menu, search for the command prompt. Right-click on it, and then click on run as administrator. This will start the command prompt with administrator privileges.
  • In the command prompt, enter the following command bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy and hit Enter. 

This will enable legacy boot on your PC, and you will no longer face this issue.

Uninstall And Reinstall Updates

If you are facing this issue after installing a Windows update, then that update may be problematic and maybe the cause of the issue. If the update is problematic, then you may try uninstalling the update and then reinstalling it. To uninstall and reinstall the Windows update, follow the steps given below-

  • Press the Windows + I key combo to open the Settings app on your PC.
  • In the settings app, click on the Update & security option.
  • Here click on view your update history, and then click on uninstall updates. 
  • Next, locate the problematic update, and then uninstall it.
  • Once you have uninstalled the update, restart your PC.
  • Once your PC has been booted, pause the BitLocker protection. You can refer to the first method in this guide to suspend the BitLocker protection.
  • Now head to the settings app on your PC.
  • In the settings, head to the update and security section, and click on check for updates. 
  • Download and install all the updates. Once done, resume the BitLocker protection.
  • After doing so, restart your PC.

You will now no longer get the Bitlocker Recovery screen in Windows 10 whenever you try to boot your PC.

Unplug The Hardware

If you encountered this issue after using new hardware on your PC, then you may try unplugging in. Many times the hardware that you are trying to use may be incompatible with your device and may cause this issue.

You may try unplugging the new hardware that you are using, and then see if you still face the issue or not. If you do not encounter the issue after unplugging the hardware, then probably the hardware was causing the issue. However, if you still encounter this issue, then you should try the next troubleshooting method.

Format The Boot Drive And Reinstall Windows

If any of the above methods didn’t solve the issue for you, then your last option will be to format the boot drive and then reinstall the Windows. Do note that this method will delete all the data on your drive, so only continue with this method if you have the backup to your data.

Ensure you do have the access to another PC, and also ensure that you have a minimum 8GB USB flash drive along with a stable internet connection. You will need this to reinstall Windows on your PC. To reinstall Windows, follow the steps given below-

  • Firstly download the Windows 10 media creation tool from the official website. Ensure you download this tool on another PC. After downloading the tool, run it on your PC.
  • When you run the media creation tool, you will be asked to accept the software license terms. Accept it.
  • Next, you will see two options- upgrade this PC now and create installation media for another PC. Select the second option, and click on next. 
  • Next, you will be asked to select the language, edition, and architecture of the Windows. Do that and then click on next again.
  • Now again you will see two options- USB Flash drive and ISO file. Select the USB Flash Drive. Insert your USB flash drive, and select your flash drive from the list in the tool. If you do not see your flash drive, then click on the refresh drive list. Now select your drive and click on next. 
  • Windows media creation tool will make your flash drive bootable. Once done, close the media creation tool, and unplug the flash drive.
  • Now insert the flash drive into the computer that shows the BitLocker Recovery screen. Shut down the PC.
  • Now press the power button. As soon as you press the power button, you will have to access the boot menu. You can do so by pressing the ESC, F1, F2, F10, F11, F12, or DEL key. The key to accessing the boot menu can differ depending on your PC. Search online for the key to access the boot menu for your PC.
  • Once done, select your USB flash drive from the menu.
  • You will be headed to the Windows 10 setup. Follow the on-screen instructions, and you will be able to format the boot drive, and freshly install Windows.
  • Once done, you will have to set up your Windows 10. After doing so you will be able to sign in to your Windows without having to bypass BitLocker in Windows 10.

Final Words

These were some troubleshooting methods that you can try if you are unable to bypass BitLocker in Windows 10. If you are unable to bypass BitLocker in Windows 10, then follow the steps given above, and you will be able to solve the issue. We hope this article helps solve the issue you are facing. If it did help you then do let us know in the comment section.  

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